Consolidated Fruit Packers Acquires Graem Nelson Associates Ltd, President Dariel Trottier Comments

Thu. February 9th, 2017 - by Jordan Okumura

KELOWNA, BC - Consolidated Fruit Packers (CFP), a part of The Star Group of Companies, has finalized the acquisition of Graem Nelson Associates Ltd., a long-standing Okanagan Cherry marketer and international distributor.

“CFP continues permanent, long term investment in the Okanagan Valley, increasing our grower base, fruit production and supply. We are inspired to further our work with Graem who has been a pioneer in the cherry industry, devoting time to the preharvest and marketing of cherries and working with multiple growers on best practices to ensure the highest quality Canadian fruit is harvested. This acquisition confirms our commitment to expand programs with some of the finest Canadian growers in conjunction with top retailers in Canada, the USA and around the globe,” commented Dariel Trottier, President of CFP, according to a press release.

Through this enhanced investment in the Okanagan Valley, CFP will bolster its acreage in cherry production, further strengthening its position in Canadian fruit. For over 40 years, Nelson has been a fruit grower, packhouse owner, international consultant, and cherry exporter. His company's long and successful history of global distribution will complement the growth and direction of CFP and The Star Group of Companies.

CFP is a leader in the Canadian blueberry and soft fruit industry. Experts in blueberries, CFP is one of the largest Canadian marketers of BC blueberries combined with a well-rounded import portfolio. With a state-of-the-art packing facility located in Osoyoos, BC, CFP specializes in packing cherries, all soft fruits, and local apples.

For more than 25 years The Star Group has been supplying the highest quality of fruits and vegetables and searching the globe for taste. With a worldwide network of direct growers, state-of-the-art packing and processing facilities and a dedicated logistics team, the company has garenered an industry-leading reputation for quality, selection, and service.

How will this acquisition change the landscape of Canadian produce? Stay tuned with AndNowUKnow as we continue to report.

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